Marcello Lippi has rejected the claim by Giancarlo Tavecchio that he had chosen Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach two years ago and, thus, contributed to his downfall as Italian FA (FIGC) president.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, where he announced his resignation as FIGC president, Tavecchio said that he is "being made to pay for a choice which I did not make" after Ventura failed to lead Italy to the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Carlo Tavecchio has defended his record and slammed those who lost faith in him after resigning as president of the Italian FA (FIGC) a week after the national team failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup.
Tavecchio, 74, told an emergency FIGC meeting on Monday that he would be stepping down, and that the advisory board should follow suit. Just a few hours later, he called a news conference in which he fired parting shots at those who had wanted him out, and defended his record.